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Tue 1 May 2018

How To Deal With a Bad Boss! How to STOP the Ongoing Nightmare!

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Let’s face it!  There are many people at work who behave badly, don’t co-operate, are rude or …… are just plan selfish.  Whilst therein lies a problem in itself, the problem is magnified when the badly behaving colleague is your boss.

This can become more than a headache – it’s a nightmare! And is exacerbated by their positional power (which they use to tread over others.) It’s hard to tell the Managing Director to improve their behaviour, but sometimes that’s what it takes. Whilst you may not feel like standing up to this person, becoming empowered can leave you feeling confident and capable in yourself.


A recent study conducted in the United States found that almost 80% of the employees surveyed identified their boss as a lousy manager. 70% of people in that study stated that their immediate superior had no clue about how to be a good manager, or lead people effectively.

Additional research conducted by Harvey Hornstein estimated that 90% of people in the US workforce have been subjected to abusive behaviour by a bad boss at some time with many reporting adverse health, stress and depression as outcomes. The results a similar here in Australia!

A bad boss can cost you your health

Forget about workers compensation, or taking a mental health day. The fact is that a time may come where you need to walk away from the role and organisation, in search of greater peace, improved health and your sanity – stress kills!

If you’re constantly being bombarded with negative vibes and bad feelings from your boss, particularly if they’re high up in the organisation, it may be time to get out.  Nobody and no job is worth your health or sanity.

 5 things to do to deal with a bullying boss

  1. Approach them and tell them the impact their behaviour is having on you.
  2. Speak to HR and assess if a positive solution can be obtained.
  3. Find a mentor in the organisation who can guide you through this difficult situation.
  4. Be assertive.  When you feel you are being disrespected, calmly say so.
  5. If all else fails, leave.  No job or salary is ever worth compromising your health.

Cut your losses and find something that you’re happier with, with a more supportive manager. You’re worth it!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so leave a comment below or if you need help with handling a bad boss situation get in contact, because I can help you.

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